The game is based on the traditional middle-eastern game of Okey. First created in the 1930s and sold in hand-produced versions until the late 1970s.
Similar to the Rummy that you play with cards - you try to get rid of all your tiles by forming numbers into runs of 3 tiles or more, or 3 to 4 of a kind. The colors of the numbers on the tiles are like card suits. This game may start rather uneventfully, but when the players start putting more and more tiles in play, the options for your upcoming turns can become more complex, challenging, and exciting (from areyougame.com).
These are the latest rules for Rummikub kindly provided by Goliath Games LLC.
Check out my Excel spreed-sheet that can be downloaded from http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/98737/rummikub-score-sheet
Rummikub Score-sheet V1
This spreadsheet will calculate the scores for 2, 3 or 4 players using the conventional scoring system and calculate correctly even if all tiles are used.
It is self-explanatory how to use.
There are instructions on the final tab of the spreadsheet.
Microsoft's free Excel app for the ipad works very well with this spreadsheet. You can open from an email or directly downloaded from http://boardgamegeek.com. You just have to duplicate the file onto the IPad
If you have found a better app for mobile devices or if anyone has suggestions on how the score-sheet can be improved please leave a comment.
If when playing you time the turns I can also recommend a good Android app called game timer by Mechanicad Inc.
This is an SVG file I designed in Inkscape to use as an alternative to the tiles in Rummikub. There are a few reasons for creating these:
1 - Missing tiles from my Rummikub set.
2 - Practice using the light table I'm building.
3 - Practice creating demo cards for my game.
The file consists of 6 layers. The topmost is the Registration Marks layer which shows where to cut the cards once you've printed them. They can also be used to line up the card fronts and backs. The marks were designed so that when you use a corner rounding punch, the marks go away.
The other 5 layers are the card backs (designed by me...pretty basic) and the 4 sets of numbers in red, black, orange, and blue. The 2 jokers are on the red sheet.
You will need to print 8 of the registration mark + card back...